Guest post by Iona Farrell, Assistant Curator of Social History at Southend Museums.
At Southend Museums we are uncovering the hidden histories of campaigning Southend women. Through a team of fantastic volunteers we are discovering more about two inspiring women- Rosina Sky and Councillor Adelaide Hawken- who both campaigned for better lives for women within the town.
Rosina Sky fought for the enfranchisement of women alongside being an independent businesswoman whilst Councillor Hawken’s tireless efforts led to the founding of the first mother and baby clinic within the town.
We’ve found images relating to these women and other campaigners in the town but we want your help in finding out more.
Can you help us uncover more stories?
Who is this unknown Suffragette?
This photograph shows a Suffragette believed to be taken in Southend yet we know little of who this woman is.
Can you help us discover her story? Can you help us give her a voice?
The women at the Westcliff Institute
These images depict a mother and baby clinic believed to be located at the Westcliff Institute, now the Trinity Family Centre. Following research uncovered by Snapping the Stiletto volunteers this was the site of the clinic founded by Councillor Adelaide Hawken in 1915. It provided much needed support and advice for mothers and aimed to reduce infant mortality rates.
We believe these photographs are of the Clinic, can you help us identify the women and children involved?
Can you help us learn more about these photos and the Westcliff Institute?
We want to hear your stories.
If you can help identify any of the women in these photographs or can share stories of the clinic, pleased contact Southend Museums by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Want to become a volunteer?
If you want to help uncover more hidden histories, sign up as a Snapping the Stiletto volunteer